Author Archives: Rev. Gretchen Haley

About Rev. Gretchen Haley

Gretchen Haley is relentlessly curious about most things, especially the big stuff of theology, the beauty of creation, the magic of collaboration, and the great joy of pop culture (reflected in this blog by random posts on Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Scandal, Orphan Black, or the latest Marvel movie). She has an audacious ambition for the liberal church, believing in its capacity to transform lives and our world by way of hyper-local relationships and partnerships that inspire the unleashing of courageous love. She's all in on adrienne maree brown's emergent strategy, and finds solace in the trails in and around Fort Collins Colorado where she serves with the brilliant Rev. Sean Neil-Barron as one of the ministers of the Foothills Unitarian Church. She and her amazing partner of over 20 years, Carri, have 2 children, Gracie (14) and Josef (12) who both relish and resent being PKs, and who keep her grounded, frustrated, inspired, and humbled, everyday. She is basically obsessed with her puppy, a large sized mutt, Charlie.

Inefficiently Yours

Reading: Wendell Berry’s Manifesto: Mad Farmer Liberation Front  Sermon: Inefficiently Yours  Every day this week, I had at least one package on my front porch when I got home.  Every day.  At least one.  Not all of them were from … Continue reading

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Tomorrow Land

Reading: The House Called Tomorrow by Alberto Rios  Just over three years ago, we convened an impromptu evening service – the night after the national election.    People poured in to social hall for the potluck meal we invited before the … Continue reading

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What Were You Expecting? Hanukkah 2019

Imagine you are living in a time with the long reign of a narcissistic dictator, a rise that meant multiple generations living with tyranny, oppression, fear.  Imagine for many years your people have been terrorized and even killed by those … Continue reading

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Lose Your To Do List

Reading: Ross Gay’s Loitering Sermon: Lose Your To-Do List Growing up, I learned a special way to mark time at this time of year. Even better than the “Christmas Countdown app.” I learned to mark time with an Advent Calendar.   … Continue reading

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A different survival

Last week, Gracie, who is in 8th grade, called me from school, crying. Their class had just watched the videos from 9/11, videos that included a lot of the live footage, and the photographs that came out in the days … Continue reading

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Thirst

Start with the thirst the deep well you have been forgetting, ancient and ready to be soaked without shame the well your grandmothers dug for you the reservoir carved and cared for by the people your ancestors betrayed your thirst … Continue reading

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Weeds, a Sabbatical Story

I know it sounds naive, but I swear at the start, I thought it was a one-time thing. Granted, they were everywhere, so I knew it wasn’t going to be simple, or short term. But, still, I thought if I … Continue reading

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